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The town hall in Fürstenfeldbruck. © Weber

The city’s economy does not look rosy. A consolidation program will therefore be necessary in the longer term. The first ideas for more income are on the table.

Fürstenfeldbruck – The budget hearings start in earnest in January. But the main committee has already dealt with the subject. The message is clear: again there is a deficit in the surplus budget that needs to be balanced. This leaves no money for further investment.

There is a deficit of 3.7 million euros in the surplus budget. Although the income does not look so poor, explained treasurer Marcus Eckert. Tax revenues increase slightly, and the city also receives 8.6 million euros in key grants. “It’s very gratifying for the household, but getting key grants at this level is a classic indictment of poverty,” says Eckert.

Expenses

The problem is the costs. Personnel costs increase by one million euros to 27.5 million euros. The city also has to shell out more money for goods and services as well as transfer payments. Alexa Zierl (ÖDP) criticized that the estimated 19 million euros for goods and services is too much. “We always spend less than twelve million euros.” If you reduce the approach, the minus is gone. “The city council has never been able to decide where to save,” replied Mayor Erich Raff. In addition, interest rates are rising again. The quite challenging investment program can only be done with loans, for which large interest rates will now accrue, Eckert said.

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To balance the budget for 2023, the treasurer suggested using so-called global underspending. This means that a fixed rate of one percent – ​​one million – is saved in the total earnings budget. The missing amount will be taken from the earnings reserve for the years 2015 to 2017. In addition, the committee must find savings potential as part of the deliberations.

It doesn’t work that way in the long run

The city can manage its budget for the coming year. “But it can’t work in the long run,” Eckert warned. Therefore, you must enter into a budget consolidation, collect key figures, reduce expenses and increase income. His proposals: recruitment and better integration of volunteers, examination of voluntary services, citizen participation in savings proposals and increases in taxes and fees. Eckert mentioned the property tax, but in the long term also a possible street cleaning fee, which is calculated according to purposes. The city currently pays 1 to 1.5 million euros for this. Important: The winter service is still free. In addition, one must talk about fees for all the city’s parking lots. “When it comes to parking management, the Greens give you open doors,” said Jan Halbauer. It would also be a problem on the event forum.

unhealthy relationship

Finance chief Klaus Wollenberg (FDP) interjected that fees would not solve the problem. The city takes 60 percent from income tax and 30 percent from trade tax. “It’s a very unhealthy relationship for a community of our size.” Urban planning drives residential areas but no commercial space. The city council collective must do that. The city does not participate in the Munich boom region, Philipp Heimerl (SPD) complained. “The stagnation of business tax is a fatal sign.” But the city council members are no longer willing to simply allow conversions to commercial and residential areas, criticized Markus Droth (FW).

In January, the finance committee will consider the budget in detail. Then city planner Johannes Dachsel also had to explain which of the many competitions and construction projects his office can realistically handle.

You can find more current news from the district of Fürstenfeldbruck at Merkur.de/Fürstenfeldbruck.

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